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When M.I.A. visited The Colbert Report last night, (Nov. 20) she wasn’t sure what she was getting into. Then again, neither did host Stephen Colbert.
“How come you have politics in your music?” Colbert asked during his Q&A segment with M.I.A. “It’s dance music. Just let me get up there and shake it. Do I have to think about the Kumundini Massacre of 1985? Why can’t you just sing about lovely lady lumps?”
The singer deadpanned and said simply that “someone had already written that.”
“Actually, I was inspired by a lot of American artists like Bob Dylan, Public Enemy. So, by the time I put out my first song and came to America I thought you guys were used to it already,” she said. “I didn’t realize it was so shocking.”
When Colbert went on to ask what she thinks of America and warned her to answer very carefully she said her answer will be controversial because it’s a controversial question. “In my mind there are no countries. We’re all one. We all live on this planet,” she said.
As for her thoughts on Colbert himself, her answer proved a bit insulting to the host.
“I don’t know. I’ve never watched the show. But that’s because I don’t watch television as a whole. It’s nice, now that I’ve met you and you can sing, I think you’re one of us,” she added. Watch the interview above.
After their entertaining chat, M.I.A. went on to play two songs off her new album, Mantagi, including “Y.A.L.A.” and “Come Walk With Me.” The singer/rapper put on some shades as a dancer pranced around behind her. Watch below.
As red and green strobe lights engulfed her during each performance, on last track “Come Walk With Me,” she asserted “M.I.A. coming back with power.” Watch below.
M.I.A.’s new album Mantagi is out now via Interscope.